• The prevalence of asthma is higher in Massachusetts than most other states in the US.

  • Asthma is becoming more common in Massachusetts. From 2000 through 2007, the number of adults that currently have asthma increased 16%.

  • In 2007, 13.0% of adult men and 17.6% of adult women reported ever having a doctor diagnosis of asthma.

  • For the 2006-2007 school year, the prevalence of asthma among school age children in grades K-8 was 10.8% (over 82,000 children).

  • In 2007, 7.4% of adult men and 12.1% of adult women reported still having asthma.

  • Asthma is more common among children and adults from households with lower incomes.

  • Asthma affects people's quality of life.

    • About 60% of adults with asthma have to limit their activities because of their asthma.

    • Adults with asthma are 3 times more likely to be unable to work compared to adults without asthma.

  • On an average day in 2006, there were 25 hospitalizations for asthma in Massachusetts.

  • Certain groups of people with asthma have worse health outcomes. In 2006, the hospitalization rate for asthma in Massachusetts was higher among:

    • Black, non-Hispanics and Hispanics compared to White, non-Hispanics.

    • Children ages 0-4 years and adults ages 65 years and older.

    • The regions surrounding Boston, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Springfield and Worcester.

This information is provided by the Asthma Prevention and Control Program within the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Department of Public Health.

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